Organisers of the POW! Festival have cancelled two of the largest events this weekend.
Mind and Body Day, a day exploring physical and mental wellbeing with talks, conversations, masterclasses, and performances, scheduled to take place at Dreamland tomorrow (March 14) and The Cocoa Butter Club due to run at Cliftonville’s Lido Cliff Bar that evening will no longer take place. The events will be rescheduled.
In a statement POW! bosses said: “Safety is of the greatest importance to us at POW! Thanet and we have been monitoring the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation very closely. We have decided to postpone our two biggest events this weekend, Mind Body Day and Cocoa Butter Club. All other events are going ahead.
“Despite the fact that Public Health England have advised that there are currently no restrictions on mass gatherings or community events, due to the nature of the night club environment at Cocoa Butter Club we believe it’s not responsible to go ahead with this event at this time. We are looking at late summer to reschedule.
“As regards Mind and Body day, many speakers were unable to make it due to health and travel concerns so we felt that it would be difficult to provide value for money for the ticket price. A new date will be released for this asap.
“We are extremely grateful to our POW! Thanet family, venues, performers, volunteers and production teams for working with us and we hope you can understand our decision. All tickets will be valid for the new dates and refunds are available if you so wish via Brown Paper Tickets.”
POW 2020 has been excellent. Each year it gets better, bigger and brighter. It’s educational, fun and inspirational. A great shame to cancel this event, but I’m sure everyone understands why this has had to be done. I’m sure I’m not the only one already looking forward to next year! Congratulations and thanks to the whole POW team.